Vietnam issues list of 33 invasive species

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has issued a list of 33 invasive species of plants and animals found in Vietnam.

In a new circular released last week, the ministry defined invasive species as those invading the habitat of or causing harm to endemic species, or those disturbing the ecological balance in the areas they live.

The red-eared slider, the Cuban crocodile and the nutria are among the 33 invasive exotic species, along with four kinds of viruses, six invertebrate animals, nine kinds of fish and 11 kinds of plants.

The circular also listed 20 exotic species found in Vietnam that could one day be listed as invasive.

They include three invertebrate animals, five kinds of fish, a goat species and 11 kinds of plants.

The ministry said it planned to update the list annually.

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